Royal Family website down as Russian hacking group takes responsibility for attack

Russian hackers downed the Royal Family website following a cyber attack. Killnet, a pro-Kremlin hacking organisation, unveiled a cryptic and bizarre message after the website went down.

The group’s leader, known as Killmilk, posted about the seemingly successful cyber “attack” at 10.23am this morning. They added that the take down was an “attack on paedophiles”.

On Sunday morning, The Royal Family’s website was displaying an error message. Killnet was believed to have been launched in March 2022, around the same time as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A note from the US Department of Health and Human Services referred to Killnet as a “hacktivist group”. It added: “KillNet is a pro-Russian hacktivist group active since at least January 2022 known for its DDoS campaigns against countries supporting Ukraine, especially NATO countries since the Russia-Ukraine war broke out last year.

“DDoS is the primary type of cyber-attack employed by the group which can cause thousands of connection requests and packets to be sent to the target server or website per minute, slowing down or even stopping vulnerable systems. While KillNet’s DDoS attacks usually do not cause major damage, they can cause service outages lasting several hours or even days.

“Although KillNet’s ties to official Russian government organizations such as the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) or the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) are unconfirmed, the group should be considered a threat to government and critical infrastructure organizations including healthcare.”

Russian messages appeared to take responsibility for the attack
Russian messages appeared to take responsibility for the attack

Killnet targeted members of the Royal Family in a separate cyber attack last November. Prince William and Princess Kate were the pair impacted during last year’s incident.

Killnet added: “Today it does not work, perhaps this is due to the supply of high-precision missiles to Ukraine!”